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Democracy or Stability?
There are prompt attempts to put democracy and stability in contrast – i.e. no stability with democracy. This statement has a clear objective: justifying dictatorship as a requirement of stability and security.In this context, it has been said that Russia flirted democracy and pluralism following the fall of the communist regime, but in the era of President Putin, it bid democracy farew
Friday, March 9,2007 00:00
by Fahd El-Fanek, Al-Arab Online

There are prompt attempts to put democracy and stability in contrast – i.e. no stability with democracy. This statement has a clear objective: justifying dictatorship as a requirement of stability and security.

In this context, it has been said that Russia flirted democracy and pluralism following the fall of the communist regime, but in the era of President Putin, it bid democracy farewell, giving priority to stability.

In a rare self-criticism, US President George W. Bush said that the US policy in the Middle East used to give priority to stability, that is why it backed dictatorships, but from now on it would give priority to democracy and abandon the support for non-democratic regimes. Hence comes the theory of imposing democracy in the Great Middle East.

Democracy is desired in its own right whether it comes as a result of local pressure from the people, or an international one from America and Europe. However, the problem is that the weapon of democracy is brandished only against ‘rebel’ regimes, so the aim is not democracy itself, nor is it stability; it is dominance and subjugation.

On the other hand, the regimes that have rejected democracy, on the pretext of being imposed from the outside, have not attempted to achieve it from within, on the grounds that democracy threatens stability – the stability of those same regimes, of course. As to the advocators of outside-imposed democracy, they argue that it is impossible to depose oppressive regimes by relying on the powers of the oppressed, helpless people.

The real problem facing democracy in the Middle East – which serves as an argument used by opponents of democracy and those who benefit from dictatorship to make their case – is that the democracy demanded by the USA brings with it enemies, while the democracy advocated by Arab Liberals leads to their marginalisation to the credit of undemocratic movements. This, they argue, has been proved by the elections results in Egypt, Palestine, Bahrain, Iraq, and before that in Algeria where it was rumoured that the Islamic Front, which was set to win the elections, had declared in advance that those would be the last elections to be held in the country.

The global popularity of Islamic movements is an established truth, which does not pertain to the success of the models presented by the Khomeini regime in Iran, Taliban in Afghanistan, Islamic Courts in Somalia, or the Military Revolution in Sudan, but as a reaction against corruption, mismanagement and submission to foreign powers. The rule of Taliban, for instance, is bad, but what is worse is the corruption of Mafia gangs holding power now under the umbrella of the occupation.

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